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Commentary: Hey, Indiana lawmakers, thanks for nothing!

Commentary: Hey, Indiana lawmakers, thanks for nothing!

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Two years ago Indiana was in the middle of a level five political hurricane called RFRA.  A few years before that Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over “right to work, ” and Democrats fled to Champaign, Illinois, bringing the government to a halt.  And just last year we were all pondering whether […]

Commentary: We came, we saw, we took a nap

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Commentary: We came, we saw, we took a nap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The best thing that can be said for this year’s session of the Indiana General Assembly is that it ended. Lawmakers didn’t do much in their two months at the Statehouse – and what they did do they didn’t do well – but that might be a sign of […]

Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

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Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Just before President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivered the State of the Union and the State of the State speeches, four former leaders in Congress floated an intriguing idea. Among them was former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. The others were Lugar’s old colleagues in the […]

General Assembly should continue nourishing Hoosier manufacturing

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General Assembly should continue nourishing Hoosier manufacturing

Letter to the Editor from Patrick J. Kiely, President, Indiana Manufacturers Association INDIANAPOLIS – In developing the state’s revenue forecast, the Indiana General Assembly and State Budget Agency used economic projections provided this year by IHS Economics. Steady growth is projected in both Indiana and the national economy, which has allowed the state to be […]

IURC chair named Pence’s new Chief of Staff

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IURC chair named Pence’s new Chief of Staff

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence appointed Jim Atterholt as his Chief of Staff today. Atterholt, who served two terms as a state representative and led two state agencies, will begin work Monday. “Jim Atterholt’s experience in state government and in the Indiana General Assembly, along with his reputation for integrity make […]

Commentary: At last, golden silence at the Statehouse

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Commentary: At last, golden silence at the Statehouse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The end came almost as quiet as a whisper. The 2014 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly finished with a soft flurry of activity. In the last days of the session, lawmakers, working almost in a hush, met in conference committees and moved to the governor’s desk bills […]

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General Assembly launches new website; encounters issues

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A new legislative website launched just in time for the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly – but not without encountering problems with reliability and speed. George Angelone, the executive director of the Legislative Services Agency, said the issues should be resolved by the end of next week. […]

Commentary: Now is time to take stock of changes

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Commentary: Now is time to take stock of changes

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com You can try to put it off if you want, but with the 2013 legislative session behind us, it seems a natural time to turn to politics and political speculation. But, egads, what’s this? There are no elections this year in Indiana? Yep, that’s right. New Jersey and Virginia will elect […]

Commentary: Dancing toward another donnybrook

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Commentary: Dancing toward another donnybrook

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Here we go again. At the same time members of the Congressional deficit supercommittee said they couldn’t find enough common ground even to begin talking about reducing the nation’s debt, Republicans and Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly started lining up for another donnybrook over right-to-work legislation. If you […]

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Workers tell lawmakers ‘no’ to right to work

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File   INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of union workers crowded the Statehouse hallways Tuesday waving signs and chanting “shame on you” outside the Indiana House and Senate chambers as lawmakers organized for their 2012 session. The demonstration – which included shouts of obscenities and drowned out a moment of silence for […]

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